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  • Hamilton to depart fire district board

    Jaine Hamilton, a member of the Evergreen Fire Protection District board since 2002, has announced her decision to resign effective Oct. 1. Her decision had been expected for about six months, since she took a job in New Castle.

    Hamilton joined the fire department as a volunteer in 1990 and served until 1999. A certified paramedic, Hamilton worked for the district as a contract ambulance employee.

    Hamilton’s departure will represent a total board makeover since the 2006 election.

  • Wildlife officers kill lion that snatched dog in Idledale

    Division of Wildlife officers killed a mountain lion early Tuesday, a day after the animal entered the bedroom of an Idledale family while they were asleep and made off with a family pet.

    The name of the family, who are longtime Idledale residents, has not been released, said DOW spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill.

    “They are pretty traumatized by the event. They don’t really want to talk (right now),” Churchill said.

    The lion entered a bedroom on the ground level of the home through open French doors about 4 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4.

  • Second Paschall case ends in mistrial

    A Jeffco jury deadlocked for the second time in six months on whether former Jeffco treasurer Mark Paschall tried to solicit a kickback from a political appointee in the twilight of his term.

    Jurors could not reach a verdict on the charge of compensation for past official behavior. In Paschall’s first trial in February, the jury found him not guilty of attempted theft but also deadlocked on the compensation charged.

  • World of music: Jazz Fest brings a swinging weekend

    “The hippest thing you can do is not play at all. Just listen.”

    — Lennie Tristano

    The word “jazz” covers more ground than any other in the musical lexicon, which means it had a lot in common with them what played and them what listened at last weekend’s eighth annual Evergreen Jazz Festival.

  • Calendar photo contest begins

    Mount Evans Hospice is looking for photographs of the mountain community’s scenery, wildlife and landmarks to include in the 2009 Seasons of Our Mountains Community Calendar.

    Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to submit entries for this popular calendar, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Evergreen National Bank and Evergreen Newspapers.

  • Jeffco enacts fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has announced temporary fire restrictions for all unincorporated areas of the county.

    The restrictions also include a portion of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest off Brook Forest Road and will be in effect until further notice.

    While the restrictions are in effect, the following activities are prohibited:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or campfire except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground or picnic area.

  • Reverse-911 glitch sent wrong people packing during Oxyoke Fire

    When Buffalo Creek resident Vicki Porter got a reverse-911 call July 20 during the Oxyoke Fire notifying her household of a mandatory evacuation, she and her family acted immediately, filling boxes and preparing to flee.

    But the family’s panic was short-lived — and unnecessary. Another call came a half-hour later saying that the first was in error: Porter’s home was one of 1,350 households that were wrongly contacted because of a glitch in the notification system.

  • Walgreens to open by end of August

    Never fear. Walgreens will be here.

    The new Walgreens off Evergreen Parkway will definitely be opening by the end of August, according to a company spokeswoman.

    Construction issues have delayed the original opening date, according to Carol Hively, corporate spokeswoman for Walgreens.

    Rumors circulating around Evergreen that Walgreens is backing out or that the company is having a hard time hiring workers are false, Hively said.

    Walgreens’ fiscal year ends Aug. 31, and the company likes to have all of its new stores open by that time, she said.

  • A moose is on the loose in Evergreen

    Gianna Vinci’s fascination with moose began a month ago when her family traveled to Yellowstone National Park and she saw one of the lanky creatures there.

    The Evergreen toddler’s interest was reinforced when her mother, Patty, bought a children’s book about Orville the Moose — whose antlers were loose — at a gift shop in the park. The book has been favorite reading at the Vinci home ever since.

    But Gianna’s desire to see a moose in Evergreen seemed an unlikely wish until the family drove right by one July 20 on their way to Summerfest.

  • 2 yaks making tracks in Evergreen

    Evergreen resident Hans von Barby would like to have his yaks back.

    But the two furry beasts apparently remain at large after escaping their enclosure sometime in June. And von Barby, who lives on Elk Ridge, is especially worried because the two cows may have been pregnant when they went on the lam.

    The fugitive bovines, whose breed is native to Tibet and the Himalayas, were last spotted two weeks ago near the Clear Creek County line but haven’t been heard from since.

    “I’d sure like to have them back,” von Barby said July 18.